Society for Pediatric Pathology

In Memory of Our Departed SPP Members

Patricia O'Shea

On Thursday, 24 January 2002, we unexpectedly lost a very dear member and friend, Pat O'Shea.

If you would like to send a card to the family, the address is:

John O'Shea
576 Pelham Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324

Comments from Our SPP Members and Pat's Friends

The following are the comments received by Hal Pinar after he sent out a message to the SPP Members that Pat O'Shea passed away. These comments were sent in reply by her friends from literally around the world:

I would like to extend my condolences to the husband and the family of our colleague Dr O'Shea as well as to the family of pediatric pathologists all over the world, including far away countries like Saudi Arabia.

My wife and I had the honor of sharing Dr. O'Shea a dinner table at the dinner held in Nice in 1998 during the IAP congress there for pediatric pathologists, and we had a good time together with other eminent pediatric pathologists. Her warmth and charm captivated us. We shall remember her, and we are certain that many colleagues and friends in our small close knit group of pediatric pathology will miss her as well. With regards.

Samir Amr

Dear John,

I was shocked to read the terrible news about Pat. Since my sabbatical in Providence in 1990 I always considered her a friend and I looked forward for meeting both of you in the conferences of the Society.It is hard for me to believe that she will not be there when I come to Chicago.

I would like to express my deep condolences to you.

Ilana Ariel

I have no word to share with you all my sadness. Pat has been a great friend since we were both panelists at a Sunday evening Pediatric Specialty conference at the beginning of the 90's. We shared a lot in common, not only Pediatric Pathology but also our common taste for Opera, cats and good Italian food. Her husband John is also a good friend to my husband and myself.

She would have been marvelous as head of Publication committee.

With sadness.

Liliane Boccon-Gibod

I am sure that everyone who knew Pat O' Shea will be shocked and saddened by the news of her sudden death. She was a stalwart of our generation and a loved and respected colleague.

Kevin Bove

Pat was a wonderful friend, mentor, role model, and pathologist. Her legacy is not only in her work, teaching, and publications, but also in the several generations of pathologists that she influenced and nurtured, her family, and her many friends from different spheres. She will be deeply missed.

Cheryl Coffin

That is just terrible news ... I got to know Pat and John as friends, dating back to 1979, with the first meeting at Providence. When we lose senior members , it is sad but understandable; this is just tragic, and I am shocked. Thanks for letting me know ... she was such a well known and loved person.

Derek DeSa

How horrible.....

I had such a wonderful conversation with pat yesterday and delighted in her enthusiasm over retirement and her determination to return to competitive tennis as soon as the rehab would allow......she was excited to be taking over publications from Beverly and we looked forward to being together in Chicago.......I am unbearably sad.......

Milton Finegold

Thank you for the notification. Pat was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed.

Jerry Garvin

John -

I am a member of the Pediatric Pathology Society and remember Pat from our gatherings. She was a lovely woman and will be missed. I am sorry that I am too far away to have attended the funeral, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sue Gloster

What a terrible news. I could not believe what I was reading. I am going to miss her very much.

I imagine how hard is for you and other people in your Institution.

Please extend my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Alba Greco

Wow, what a tragedy. This makes me very sad. I have known Pat and John since medical school - they were both a year behind me and we were all good friends and maintained this friendship and contact over the years.

Jesse Jenkins

I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Pat was such a vibrant and wonderful lady who gave so much to each us and our society through her friendship, generosity, humor, intelligence, expertise, experience and plain spoken common sense. She will be greatly missed for a very long, long time.

Our deepest condolences go to John and her family.

Henry Krous

This is a time in which there is a need for shoulders for lean the head on, for hugs, for the sadly shaken head, AND for a paean of praise for the senselessly departed. All such departures seem senseless. A resume of her contributions, a song, written or sung, by a friend, colleague or former student, a verbasl or pictorial kiss from a family member, all help. When one grows into time, one opens, for instance, the back (obit) pages of the local "Jewish News" before reading the lead articles; and, if you still take the local newspapers, opens them gingerly, daily for the brittle sheets containing some news, all too often news of the demise of a friend, a classmate, a colleague in some activity. My love to the husband and to my beloved Carlos Abramovsky, who taught me much.

Your admiring,

Gene Perrin

Oh my God! I just got an email from her today! I was actually drafting a reply. What a tragedy.... I'm so sorry.

Terrible, really terrible.

Miguel Reyes-Múgica

I am very very sorry to hear that. She was a generous support to a junior colleague many years ago...

Carrie Salafia

Sad, sad news indeed. We'll miss her.

Victor Saldivar

What a tragedy!!! I knew Pat, not her husband. So young! and such a loss to medicine, specifically the field of Pediatric Pathology. Please let me know if there is any organization to which donations are being made in her memory and any way that I can send condolences to her family.

Betsy Schloo

The news is tragic, both for John and for all of us who knew Pat. I had known Pat for over 25 years and remember the first years of the Aspen Conference when she and John were regular attendees. Her contributions in Pediatric Pathology are many including her recent chapter in Pediatric Pathology.

How the Atlanta Braves will miss their most fervent fan.

John, our thoughts are with you.

Tom Stocker

Kindly convey my condolences to her family and friends.

Hannes Vogel

Dear John,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Pat's expiration. It's really hard to believe. She was so excited about your new home and a less hassled lifestyle. I know you will miss her deeply. May you have the strength to mourn and then resume normal life, whatever that will be. Eric also sends his deepest sympathy. Take care of yourself.


Alice Werner

I am so shocked and terribly sad to receive your forwarded note about Pat O'Shea. I just can't believe it. I would very much like to be part of anything we could do as a group to express our sympathies. Many thanks for letting me know.

Stephanie Young